Real Life Options - Falkirk
Charity registered in Scotland
Real Life Options was first established in 1992 to support and empower people with learning disabilities and autism to have more choice and greater control over their lives. Over the last three decades, we have grown to become a national provider of social support and care while staying true to our core ethos.
We support people across the UK to develop their independence and achieve their potential. We recognise that to be excellent in our field, we need to truly understand and champion the changing needs and aspirations of the people we support. Through partnerships with families, thought-leader organisations and professional services, we believe in constantly evolving and providing a person-centred approach at every step in an individual’s support journey.
The volunteer will deal with the people we support, members of the public and staff in a professional and friendly manner. The range of tasks will include: general typing of reports/letters/statistical information; updating databases, data input, record management, filing, scheduling meetings, receiving and responding to email messages, recording messages for clinicians and general office/reception duties as required.
You should have good keyboard skills and have the ability to organise and prioritise workload. The volunteer will help with all the administrative work and will get support from the staff team also so they can learn and develop, and find out more about Real Life Options as a health and social care charity.
This role will require the volunteer to be enthusiastic about gardening and working with residents and staff in a creative and friendly manner. We would like to create a space for residents to enjoy and grow their own vegetables but also look at expanding the garden in more creative ways. Do you think you can help and give something back to the local community?
What will I be doing?
To help plant and maintain the gardens, main tasks include:
• Planting, Pruning, Sowing Seeds, Weeding
• Edging Borders, Digging, Ground Clearance, Grass Cutting
What training will I receive?
• ‘On the job’ training.
• Optional training courses.
How will I benefit from the role?
The Volunteer Gardener role offers:
• Opportunities to learn new gardening skills and gain more gardening experience.
• Creating a haven for residents that have learning disabilities.
• Opportunities to make new friends.
• Satisfaction of helping to maintain the gardens.
• Assisting staff and becoming part of a friendly care team that help vulnerable people.
What skills, experience or abilities do I need?
• Previous gardening experience or gardening knowledge.
• Enthusiasm to work in the gardens and work with people who have learning disabilities.
• Moderate level of fitness.
All volunteers will have their expenses reimbursed and will receive a warm welcome to our Services.
Volunteers be part of Real Life Volunteer Service providing services that help vulnerable people within the community and supports the work of local Real Life Options teams. Our values of Respect, Honesty, Responsibility & Excellence underpin our approach and all our services recognise people for their individuality and are afforded the same dignity, respect, status and rights as other citizens.
Volunteer tasks are varied and dependent on the needs of the people we support. We try to match volunteers to people with similar interests and provide opportunities for volunteers to utilise existing skills and knowledge, this could include:
• Chatting to and befriending people we support
• Home checks to make sure vulnerable people are safe and well
• Everyday practical household tasks
• Provide information and support to allow people to make informed choices about their lives
• Assist with shopping
• Support with correspondence
• Provide transport
• Support with social outings
• Assisting with pet care
• Assist with food preparation
• Prescription collections
• Support with Gardening and some physical tasks.
• Get involved with Social Events and being vital in improving the social lives of the people we support